Improving Oral Health: Preventing Dental Caries (Cavities)
Tooth decay (dental caries, or cavities) remains a common chronic condition that becomes more prevalent with age. These interventions aim to prevent dental caries through the use of dental sealants and community-wide fluoridation.
Task Force Recommendations and Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.
|Intervention||Task Force Finding|
|Community Water Fluoridation||Recommended
|Community-Based Initiatives to Promote the Use of Dental Sealants||Insufficient Evidence
|School-Based Dental Sealant Delivery Programs||Recommended
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.
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Guide to Community Preventive Services. Improving oral health: dental caries (cavities). www.thecommunityguide.org/oral/caries.html. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.
- Page last reviewed: December 19, 2013
- Page last updated: December 19, 2013
- Content source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services